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    It's your flaws, not your strengths, that go down in the depths of your books. You're exposed, like dreaming you're naked in a public building.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: dreaming  book  strength 
     
    Anytime you work with materials that are deep parts of yourself, you feel revulsion at showing things about yourself that you don't want people to know.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: people  work 
     
    As an undergraduate, I had not studied literature - I was a history major.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: literature 
     
    I kept sending out stories and getting rejected.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: stories 
     
    A cliche is like a coin that has been handled too much. Once language has been overly handled, it no longer leaves a clear imprint.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: language 
     
    My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers. Every two weeks, he'd take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms - 'Have you read this? And this? And this?'
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: world  book  read  library  father 
     
    My mother was an enthusiastic chef but wildly disorganized, and often preferred purchasing yet another jar of mace or chili powder rather than having to hunt down its last incarnation.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: mother 
     
    The thing that makes vivid writing is when the reader is in the body of the story, the body of the character. Things smell like something; there's weather, there's texture, there's light.
    — Janet Fitch
    Nineteen is as alive as 40-plus. I can vividly remember 19 and how I saw the world.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: world 
     
    My mother never met a gadget she didn't like. There were tube pans for baking the angel food cakes my father could have after his first heart attack, and Bundt pans and loaf pans and baking pans and grilling pans.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: heart  food  angel  father  mother 
     
    A novelist can get by on story, but the poet has nothing but the words.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: stories  poet 
     
    I write every day, including weekends. For writers, there are no weekends. It's just that your family is around, looking mournful, wondering when you're going to pay attention to them.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: attention  write 
     
    I write all the time, whether I feel like it or not. I never get inspired unless I'm already writing.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: time  writing  write 
     
    I always read poetry before I write, to sensitize me to the rhythms and music of language.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: language  music  poetry  write  read 
     
    Crime novelists do really well with Los Angeles.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: crimes 
     
    Amazon is a marvelous conglomeration and delivery system for products of every imaginable function. But the book 'business' is really not the same as the sale of lawn rakes or adapters for telephones.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: book  business 
     
    As a middle-aged woman who has had some luck as a writer, I'd like this profession of author to remain a possibility for young writers in the future - and not become an arena solely for the hobbyist or the well-heeled.
    — Janet Fitch
    I was into the music scene, but I was also a bit of a perfectionist and very hard on myself... very dark in that way.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: dark  music 
     
    For me, I'd rather be the inventive one, and if something doesn't work, I'll go back to the workshop, put it on the bench, and pound on it for awhile.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: work  pounds 
     
    I'd rather see a writer write 15 minutes a day than save it all up for a Saturday. A work gets a coating on it when it's not been worked on for a while, makes it hard to break back in.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: work  write 
     
    I never know how a novel is going to end, because you don't really know what's going to be at the bottom of a novel until you excavate it.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: novel 
     
    It's a lot to expect of yourself, to write a novel in a year. Anyway, you don't write a novel, you write a scene, and then another scene.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: novel  write  year 
     
    I write every day... I never get ideas unless I'm actually writing. Ideas I get in the shower don't do me any good.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: writing  write  ideas 
     
    You start realizing that good prose is crunchy. There's texture in your mouth as you say it. You realize bad writing, bland writing, has no texture, no taste, no corners in your mouth. I'm a great believer in reading aloud.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: believer  bad  writing  reading 
     
    Dostoevsky was my literary idol for a long time.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: time 
     
    My father gave me Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' when I was in junior high; my junior high, angst-filled soul responded to that.
    — Janet Fitch
    My thoughts about God are vague and abstract. My connection with the energy of the universe is shaky.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: thoughts  energy  god  universe  vague 
     
    I have a hard time with abstractions. I always go to the personal.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: time  personal 
     
    I started writing when I was 21. I was going to become an historian. And then I realized there was more to the world than just the past. I didn't want to spend my life in the library.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: past  world  writing  library 
     
    I've always been concerned with what happens to children in our society when there's nobody left to take care of them.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: children  society  child  care 
     
    I send all my short fiction to 'Ontario Review' because Joyce Carol Oates is associate editor there, and I think she's fantastic.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: fiction 
     
    A terrific exercise is to take a paragraph of someone's writing who has a really strong style, and using their structure, substitute your own words for theirs, and see how they achieved their effects.
    — Janet Fitch
    A lot of people think they should be happy all the time. But the writer understands you need both. You need the whole piano: the richness of the whole human experience. Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.
    — Janet Fitch
    Most women experience issues of power and sexuality, but very few women talk about it. There's the threat of the loss of approval.
    — Janet Fitch
    While out on the perimeter, women discovered the freedom of badlands. They were curiously free to invent, without having to liberate themselves from the forms and rewards of the cultural norm.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: women  freedom  invent 
     
    Women writers specifically... are the ultimate outsiders.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: women 
     
    The elegance of a really good screenplay, I admire it. I can't do it.
    — Janet Fitch
    I just wanted to live in books and in movies.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: live  movie  book 
     
    When working on your own, you can make a choice and find out six months later that you made a bad choice. But when you work with people you trust, who understand your obsessions, you can take risks.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: people  work  trust  choice  risk  bad 
     
    L.A. is such a real, active place. My mother was very into the core of the city. She worked in politics, and you have to know your territory. It's an active matrix; we're all parts of it, but people don't often stop to wonder what's going on.
    — Janet Fitch
    tags: people  wonder  real  politics  mother 
     
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